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Morning Ram-blings: Fantasy forecast

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Fantasy football drafts are still a ways away, but it's never too early to begin preparations for them.

On Tuesday at ESPN Insider, senior fantasy writer Eric Karabell took a spin around the NFC West division with his summer snapshot of each teamInsider. In it, Karabell provided a look at some things to watch on the St. Louis Rams as they approach the preseason, and some things to monitor before you make any picks from the team in your fantasy draft.

Among the topics Karabell dives into in greater detail are the recovery of quarterback Sam Bradford and left tackle Jake Long from knee surgeries, Bradford's need to step up in 2014 and how the running back situation might get complicated if Tre Mason pushes Zac Stacy for carries.

It's no surprise that the Rams aren't exactly teeming with top-tier fantasy football options or potential picks. On paper, Karabell has Stacy as the most prominent but even that could be subject to change.

The Rams do have some potential fantasy contributors, but chances are it's going to be hard to peg who would be worthwhile and who wouldn't before games actually begin.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began the day with a look at John Clayton's projection of the Rams having one of the most improved sub package defenses in the league. ... Next, we examined what strides the Rams need to make in the passing game to reach their offensive potential in 2014. ... From there, we offered our usual observations from organized team activities. ... We closed the day with a closer look at defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' adjustment to St. Louis.

Elsewhere:

It shouldn't be a surprise, but the Texans are calling former Ram Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback.

Texans reporter Tania Ganguli writes that Fitzpatrick has something to prove in his new job.

An interesting offseason in San Francisco continues to get more interesting with the holdouts of Vernon Davis and Alex Boone.

At stltoday.com, Joe Lyons explores the chances of local product T.J. Moe making the Rams at wide receiver.

Jim Thomas participated in his weekly chat.